Dharamshala International Film Festival 2018

November 1 - 4 | 10AM
Upper Tibetan Children's Village
750 - 10,000
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Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF) is as an offbeat, independent film festival held annually in McLeod Ganj since 2012.

Over the six years, DIFF has expanded to establish itself as an international film festival where filmmakers and film lovers can interact in an intimate, creative and informal way. About 25 contemporary features and documentaries, and a selection of shorts, animation films and experimental films, meticulously curated from the best of Indian and international independent cinema will be screened over the 4 festival days.


Zaza Khalvashi
Georgia/Finland, 91 minutes

Ali’s family has inherited a mission – taking care of a local healing water and treating sick fellow villagers with it. Three sons are sceptical about the water, only the young daughter Namme stays as the guardian of family traditions. The Village has a mixed Muslim and Christian heritage. Namme meets Merab and they develop a bond rooted in closeness and sympathy. A hydro power station is being constructed locally, which might be a cause for environmental changes. One day the spring water starts to disappear. Father remembers the old tradition, according to which the water will not return unless the sacrifice is made...

Little forest

YIM Soon-rye
South Korea, 103 minutes

Nothing goes smooth in young Hye-won’s life in a big city. She puts her unsolved matters behind and impulsively returns to her hometown. There she reunites with her childhood friends Jae-ha and Eun-sook who carry their unusual rural life on their own way. Hye-won’s days are filled with simple but peaceful moments and through 4 seasons, she slowly finds the real pleasure of living a simple life, realizing the real reason to return home.


Ere Gowda
India, 103 minutes

Kempana, a village bangle seller, roams the countryside adorning the hands and faces of women with beauty products. Yet, he seems to have little time for his own wife. The couple's inability to conceive is a concern of the whole family and a matter of village gossip. Kempana spends most of his time with his childhood friend Hanuma, while his wife seeks domestic and other help from the neighbours' kid. Will the couple's secret ever come out?

Ryuichi sakamoto: coda

Stephen Nomura Schible
USA/Japan, 102 minutes

From techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer, the evolution of Ryuichi Sakamoto's music has coincided with his life journeys. Following Fukushima, Sakamoto became an iconic figure in Japan's social movement against nuclear power. As Sakamoto returns to music following a cancer diagnosis, his haunting awareness of life crises leads to a resounding new masterpiece. RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: CODA is an intimate portrait of both the artist and the man.

In the intense now

João Moreira Salles
Brazil, 127 minutes

Made following the discovery of amateur footage shot in China in 1966 during the first and most radical stage of the Cultural Revolution, IN THE INTENSE NOW speaks to the fleeting nature of moments of great intensity. Scenes of China are set alongside archival images of the events of 1968 in France, Czechoslovakia, and, to a lesser extent, Brazil. In keeping with the tradition of the film-essay, they serve to investigate how the people who took part in those events continued onward after passions had cooled.

The gold-laden sheep and the sacred mountain

Ridham Janve

After an Air Force jet crashes in the Upper Himalayas, an old shepherd leaves his herd to find the pilot. But the mountain where the jet fell is sacred and the Shepherd’s intentions are not. He struggles through metaphysical quests of fears and desires, as he treads on forbidden ground. The herd left behind disintegrates as predators roam around and they are left head-less.

A long way home

Luc Schaedler
Switzerland, 73 minutes

A LONG WAY HOME centers around five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture: the visual artists the Gao Brothers, the choreographer and dancer Wen Hui, the animation artist Pi San and the poet Ye Fu. With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective.

Raghu rai: an unframed portrait

Avani Rai
India/Lithuania, 55 minutes

An unframed portrait of a man who is one of world's greatest photographers. He has covered five decades of the history of India—from the political lives of India’s nation makers and the atrocities of war, to the spiritual healing of Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. The story of Raghu Rai and his India is told through the eyes of his own rebel daughter during their travels in and around Kashmir.


Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Paula Jones, Awanui Simich-Pene
New Zealand, 88 minutes

A sisterhood of Māori female directors bravely share their insights into the complexity of child abuse, in a sequence of eight short films that seamlessly become one. At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. His tangi, set on a small rural marae, is the centrepiece of the film, but there is an underlying disturbance of heavy themes touching on culture, custom and shame.

Bamboo dogs

Khavn De La Cruz
Philippines, 81 minutes

It's 1995 and Manila silently rots to the core. Thanks to a well-structured syndicate, criminals are free to roam the streets a day or two after being caught. Such would have been the fate of four "repeat offenders" until unseen hands throw in blows to blur the equation. BAMBOO DOGS is retro-road feature based on the Kuratong Baleleng Rubout Massacre of 1995.

Boom for real

Sara Driver
USA, 78 minutes

BOOM FOR REAL: THE LATE TEENAGE YEARS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT follows Basquiat's life pre-fame and how New York City, the times, the people and the movements surrounding him formed the artist he became. Using never-before-seen works, writings and photographs, director Sara Driver, who was part of the New York arts scene herself, worked closely and collaboratively with friends and other artists who emerged from that period: Jim Jarmusch, James Nares, Fab Five Freddy, Glenn O’Brien, Kenny Scharf, Lee Quinones, Patricia Field, Luc Sante and many others.

Ee ma yau

Lijo Jose Pellissery
India, 120 minutes
Set in Chellanam, Kochi, the story of Ee. Ma. Yau revolves around the death of Vavachan Mesthiri in a coastal village. It showcases the events that unfold between two evenings and looks at death from different perspectives.

48 years: silent dictator

Hiroshi Sunairi
Japan, 78 minutes

The dramatic life story of Iwao Hakamada, former professional boxer sentenced to death in 1968 for mass murder and held on death row for 48 years, the longest stint in history. In 2014, he is released when a Japanese court discovers that evidence against him had been fabricated. This documentary attempts to capture Hakamada’s unimaginable solitude and powerful will for victory, through a labyrinth of delusions and fading memories.

Father to son

Hsiao Ya-chuan
Taiwan, 115 minutes

On his 60th birthday, Van Pao-Te is told that he is seriously ill. But instead of going to Taipei for treatment, his illness leads him to Japan. Together with his son, he goes in search of the father who abandoned him 50 years ago. At the same time, a young man with a mysterious connection to Van's past is travelling from Hong Kong to Taiwan.


Upper Tibetan Children's Village

Dharamsala Cantt, Distt. Kangra H.P., McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176216

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